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Smart Technology for Aging, Disability, and Independence : The State of the Science

William C. Mann (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-471-69694-0
379 pages
July 2005
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Independent living with smart technologies

Smart Technology for Aging, Disability, and Independence: The State of the Science brings together current research and technological developments from engineering, computer science, and the rehabilitation sciences, detailing how its applications can promote continuing independence for older persons and those with disabilities.

Leading experts from multiple disciplines worldwide have contributed to this volume, making it the definitive resource. The text begins with a thorough introduction that presents important concepts, defines key terms, and identifies demographic trends at work. Using detailed product descriptions, photographs and illustrations, and case studies, subsequent chapters discuss cutting-edge technologies, including:
* Wearable systems
* Human-computer interactions
* Assisted vision and hearing
* Smart wheelchairs
* Handheld devices and smart phones
* Visual sensors
* Home automation
* Assistive robotics
* In-room monitoring systems
* Telehealth

After considering specific high-technology solutions, the text examines recent trends in other critical areas, such as basic assistive technologies, driving, transportation and community mobility, home modifications and design, and changing standards of elder care.

Students and professionals in the rehabilitation sciences, health care providers, researchers in computer science and engineering, and non-expert readers will all appreciate this text's thorough coverage and clear presentation of the state of the science.
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Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Aging, Disability, and Independence: Trends and Perspectives.


Chapter 2. Home Automation and Smart Environments to Support Independence.

Chapter 3. Robotics.

Chapter 4. Other Devices and High Technology Solutions.

Chapter 5. Telehealth.


Chapter 6. Basic Assistive Technology.

Chapter 7. Elder Drivers and Technology.

Chapter 8. Transportation and Community Mobility.

Chapter 9. Home Modifications and Universal Design.

Chapter 10. Injury Prevention and Health Promotion.


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Author Information

WILLIAM C. MANN, OTR, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy and Director of the Rehabilitation Science Doctoral Program at the University of Florida. His research focus is on aging and disability, with an emphasis on compensatory strategies to maintain and promote independence. Since 1991, he has served as Principal Investigator for the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Aging. In the past fifteen years, Dr. Mann has authored more that 100 articles and book chapters on assistive technology, two books on assistive technology, and founded and served as editor of the journal Technology and Disability from 1990 to 2000. As an expert on aging and disability, Dr. Mann is a frequent lecturer at local, national, and international conferences and symposiums. Prior to his move to the University of Florida in 2000, Dr. Mann served as professor and chair of occupational therapy at the University of Buffalo, where he developed a curriculum in rehabilitation technology, and also established and directed the internationally recognized Center for Assistive Technology.
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"…an in-depth overview of the current development and future trends on assistive technologies." (E-STREAMS, January 2007)

"The well-organized book, which is part of two-volume series, would be a helpful resource for rehabilitation professionals, health care providers and technology researchers." (Quest, May-June 2006)

"...a wealth of information...delivered in a clear and understandable format...a valuable contribution to the field of assistive technology." (IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, March/April 2006)

"...a readable and current description of specific assistive technologies and general living environments for the elderly...clearly an important book for all computer science students and professionals to read." (Computing Reviews.com, December 27, 2005)

"...an essential resource for professionals in the rehabilitation science, health care providers, and individuals eager to learn more about what is available & what is being developed in assistive technology." (Help's Here! Resources for Seniors and Caregivers, Fall/Winter 2005)

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